Piccola Venezia


Piccola Venezia is a tangle of small canals built during the 17th century, using Venetian methods of reclaiming land from the sea. At its heart sits the remains of the Medici-era Fortezza Nuova. Canals link this with the slightly older, waterfront Fortezza Vecchia. The waterways can be explored by canalside footpaths but a boat tour is the best way to see its shabby-chic panoramas of faded, peeling apartments draped with brightly coloured washing, interspersed with waterside cafes and bars.

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1. Chiesa di Santa Caterina

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2. Fortezza Nuova

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3. Chiesa di San Gregorio degli Armeni

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4. Chiesa di San Ferdinando Re

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5. Chiesa della Madonna

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6. Chiesa dei Greci Uniti

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7. Sinagoga di Livorno

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8. Monumento dei Quattro Mori

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